Seminole Allies and Safe Zones
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Seminole Allies and Safe Zones (SASZ) is an ally development program created through the offices of the Student Government Association at the Florida State University. These free workshops are offered regularly throughout the school year to students, faculty, and staff at the University and are open to all, regardless of orientation, identity or expression.
Seminole Allies and Safe Zones trainings are presented as an intensive three-hour in-house session. The program is further divided by content level into Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 101 and Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 201. The Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 101 workshop is a basic training in allyship and contemporary LGBTQ issues.
Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 201 is a topical workshop that covers more specific, nuanced discussions of LGBTQ identities and issues. Participants are welcome to attend 201 sessions once they’ve reached a certain level of mastery over the Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 101 materials. In addition to these topical sessions, there will be opportunities for individuals to attend Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 301, “Train the Trainer” workshops, which allow attendees to learn how to facilitate Seminole Allies and Safe Zones trainings under the guidance of the Safe Zone coordinator. Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 201 and 301 will launch in the 2014-2015 academic year.
● To promote acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Pansexual-identified (LGBTQQIA) people and understanding of contemporary issues that affect them.
● To provide a space to discuss gender, sexuality, and allyship and to explore how we can make our campus a safer and more inclusive place.
● To confront personal biases and increase understanding for participants at every level of knowledge and allyship.
● To discuss what it means to be an ally and demonstrate that allyship is a continuous process.
The Seminole Allies and Safe Zones program re-launched in Fall 2013. We hope to be able to offer a SASZ 101 workshop to every department, student group, or program on campus that we can.
Seminole Allies and Safe Zones program has been revised and is new and improved. If you attended a Safe Zone Tallahassee workshop prior to Fall 2013, we thank you for your support and invite you to join one of our new sessions.
The Seminole Allies and Safe Zones program counts as an elective course for the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate through the Office of Human Resources for any faculty and staff members at FSU.
In order to reach all of the FSU community, we need help facilitating the workshops. Please consider giving back to the community and assisting us in educating people about LGBTQ issues. Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 301, “Train the Trainer” workshops will launch in the 2014-2015 academic year.
To sign up to attend a Seminole Allies & Safe Zones workshop, please register using the link below. Space is limited to no more than 25 participants in each workshop.
If you are interested in being a facilitator for the Seminole Allies & Safe Zone Workshops, interested in having a special Seminole Allies & Safe Zone Workshop done for your department, or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 101 Training Dates
If you are an FSU faculty or staff member, please register through the Office of Human Resources. To register, log in to OMNI and navigate to: Human Resources 9.1 > Main Menu> Self Service > Learning and Development > Request Training Enrollment > Follow the prompts to submit your request. To view the course description, click on the icon. To cancel registration, call the Office of Training and Organizational Development at 850.644.8724.
If you are an FSU student or a community member, please register through the links below:
|Wednesday, July 23rd, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., SSB 208||Cancelled|
|Tuesday, August 5th, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., SSB 208||Sign Up Here|
If you need to reschedule the workshop you are scheduled to attend, please register for a future date using the instructions online, contact the Office of Training and Organizational Development at 850-644-8724 to cancel registration (FSU staff and employees only) ,and email email@example.com to remove you from the registration list for the initial date you signed up for.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Links
The following is a list of suggested links to provide further information and resources to Seminole Allies and Safe Zones members and anyone interested in learning more about LGBT culture. Seminole Allies and Safe Zones is not responsible for the content on these sites, and opinions expressed on the sites are not necessarily those of Seminole Allies and Safe Zones, Florida State University, or any of our sponsors.
Seminole Allies and Safe Zones Sponsors
The University Counseling Center (FSU)
FSU Police Department
The Family Tree - Tallahassee, Florida's LGBT Community Center
You - Make a donation to Safe Zone - Tallahassee, Florida
Support and/or Social Organizations
The Family Tree - Tallahassee, Florida's LGBT Community Center
Tallahassee Prime Timers
PFLAG - Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Big Bend Cares
Straight Spouse Network
Omicron Epsilon Pi Sorority, Inc.
Delta Lambda Phi
Beta Phi Omega
Financial Aid/Scholarships for LGBT Students
American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness
Consortium of Higher Education Resource Professionals
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Human Rights Campaign
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Log Cabin Republicans
Shout Out Health
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Advocates for Youth
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network(GLSEN)
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Above and Beyond
Female to Male International
Gender Education and Advocacy
Intersex Society of North America
Use this interactive Google Map to find Florida State University’s Allies and Safe Zones across the Tallahassee Campus. Use the zoom in or zoom out function to see a visible representation of the vast network of support.
Legend: The ‘blue points’ denote employees who have been trained in the Seminoles Allies and Safe Zones 101 program. The ‘flags’ denote All Gender Restrooms that are single-stall, locking with an inclusive door sign. The ‘purple point’ denotes the PRIDE Student Union’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center.
View Seminoles and Safe Zones in a larger map and a full list of Seminoles Allies.
If you have any questions, please contact Seminole Allies and Safe Zones Coordinator Josh Kinchen at firstname.lastname@example.org.